UK Extensions was a big success last Saturday. 60 people from a wide range of organisations made the journey to London and a good time was had by all
Round Robin Keiko - renamed "tag aikido" by some - was a lot of fun as ever. Many participants mentioned the pleasant atmosphere, and the lack of politics and ego present throughout the day.
Shihan Ezra (congratulations!) and Senseis P Smith, P Cooke, Q Cooke and Whitaker lead fascinating workshops with humour and vigour. Some of aikido's possibilities were examined, including how aikido can be applied to daily life, business and security. DVD's of "Training Across Borders" Cyprus and Acao Harmonia from Brazil were also enjoyed. £155 from the event will be sent to the latter where aikido is used to help street children.
For the future - Expect several more get togethers this year, a UK Aiki Extensions web site and maybe even a trip to the Middle East! More details to follow. I share a belief with many there last week, that aikido has been divided for too long, and that there's a lot we can do with our art to help ourselves and our communities.
Thanks again to our hosts at Kilburn - Ian Hurst and Harris Sensei, the workshop leaders and everyone else who supported the event.
Aiki Extensions UK